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Walks and trails in The National Forest and Beyond

South Derbyshire has large areas of picturesque open countryside that is popular with those who want less strenuous walking. For those seeking more challenging terrain, the Peak District is just a short drive away.

Montage of Walking images

Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre is the best place to start if you want to find out more about Walks and Trails in South Derbyshire and The National Forest. As well as stocking a wide range of free leaflets, the friendly staff can also supply a number of commercially produced books, and Ordnance Survey maps are also available.

A huge selection of walks are attached to this page as lower resolution PDFs for you to print out yourself.

Watch out for further walks due to be published by the district council. Please contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre for further details.

Walks from the National Forest Company

A series of 17 walks are available in PDF format to download from The National Forest Company or on request from local tourist information centres and from:

National Forest Company
Bath Yard
DE12 6BD

Tel: 01283 551211

Audio trail

Launched alongside the Footsteps in the Forest Walking Festival. You can download the soundtrack from this page and listen to it using your MP3 player as you enjoy the walk.

Other walks leaflets for South Derbyshire

Aston on Trent Historical Walk

Published jointly by Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council and the Aston-on-Trent Local History Group, available free from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre.

Walks Around Melbourne

Published by Melbourne Civic Society, is a book of fourteen walks in and around Melbourne which can be purchased from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre priced at 5.

The Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk 1745-1995

A waymarked route from Ashbourne to Derby now available as a leaflet from the Ramblers' Association.

Repton Trail

Published by Repton Village History Group and available to callers at Repton Church. Ticknall Village Walk is on sale at the Village Store in the village, price 1, or by post from:

Ticknall Preservation and Historical Society
3 Harpur Avenue
DE73 1JS

Shardlow Village Trail

Purchase for 25p from the sales area at:

Shardlow Heritage Centre
London Road
DE72 2GA

Walks from Highfields Happy Hens (near Etwall)

Costs 2.50. For your copy, contact:

Highfields Happy Hens
The Paddocks
Highfields Farm
Heage Lane
DE65 6LS

Tel: 01283 732083

The Derwent Valley Heritage Way

A long distance walk from Derwent Mouth to Howden Reservoir along the entire length of the Derwent Valley. Within South Derbyshire it passes by Shardlow Heritage Centre and Elvaston Castle Country Park. The National Heritage Corridor and Jarrolds have published a guidebook, which describes the route in 10 stages and is available from bookshops at 11.99.


A series of walks in and around Findern has been devised by the Findern Footpaths Group.

Calke Park and Abbey

A variety of walks in and around the grounds of the National Trust property at Calke Park.

If you are aware of other walks in South Derbyshire that could be featured on this page, please contact us email: or tel: 01283 595755. In addition, a number of commercially produced books featuring walks in the area are available from bookstores.

World War One commemorative walks

World War One commemorative walks have been developed by South Derbyshire District Council with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and are attached to this page.